ROUNDUP: Shenango High boys basketball clinches playoff berth with win

Feb. 3—The Shenango High boys basketball team locked up a playoff berth Friday night.

The Wildcats built a 12-point halftime advantage and pulled away for an 85-61 WPIAL Section 1-2A road victory over South Side Beaver.

"We're excited about it," Shenango coach Bob McQuiston said of clinching a playoff berth. "That's what you play for. That's always our goal and to make a run at the section title."

The Wildcats (5-3 section, 11-7 overall) led 17-13 after one quarter and 37-25 at the half.

"It was a good win; they're always tough at home," McQuiston said. "We knew coming in it would be a tough one. I thought our guys handled the pressure well."

Brody McQuiston paced Shenango with 25 points and 18 rebounds. Jimmy Roe recorded 18 markers and Joe Campoli was next with 17. Drew Proctor posted 10 tallies.

"When you can get four or five guys in double digits, you'll be hard to beat," Coach McQuiston said. "I thought Drew Proctor gave us some big minutes tonight, too."

South Side Beaver is now 2-6, 7-11.

Shenango entertains Sewickley Academy at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Union 67, Western Beaver 48

The Scotties kept their bid for a league championship alive with a Section 1-1A road win over the Golden Beavers.

Union (7-1, 11-9) is tied for first place in the section with Rochester (7-1, 13-5). The teams play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Scotties' home floor. Union won the first matchup, 50-36.

"This was an ugly game. But, it sets us up for Tuesday," Scotties coach Mark Stanley said. "There's a lot riding on Tuesday's game.

"Western Beaver played hard. They came after us. It was physical at times."

Lucas Stanley netted a game-high 36 points with 13 rebounds for Union. Braylon Thomas tossed in 10 tallies, while dishing out nine assists. Dayne Johnke collected nine rebounds to go with his six points.

"Lucas is a scorer," Coach Stanley said "He got some looks inside and we were able to get him the ball. He's always rebounding the ball. I'm happy about that."

Mohawk 67, Riverside 36

The Warriors started strong and cruised to a Section 1-3A home victory over the Panthers.

Mohawk (10-0, 14-6) built a 16-4 lead after one quarter and increased it to 40-12 at the half.

Bobby Fadden tossed in a game-best 17 points for the Warriors and Mason Hopper was next with 11. JJ Nail chipped in with 10.

Will Sullivan scored 13 points for Riverside (3-7, 7-13).

Mohawk travels to New Brighton at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Neshannock 80, New Brighton 22

The Lancers took control early and rolled to a Section 1-3A home win over the Lions.

Neshannock (9-2, 16-3) led 18-5 after one stanza and 44-14 at recess.

David Kwiat tossed in 22 points for the Lancers and Anthony Bonner contributed 11. LJ Keith and Jaxon Mozzocio notched 10 markers apiece for the victors.

New Brighton slips to 0-9, 2-15.

Neshannock is back on the court at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Ambridge.

Sewickley Academy 51, Laurel 32

The Spartans dropped a Section 1-2A road decision to the Panthers.

Laurel (0-8, 2-17) trailed 18-2 after one period and 30-9 at the half.

Luca Santini scored six points to lead the Spartans.

Lucas Grimsley garnered a game-high 17 points for Sewickley Academy (3-5, 11-7).

Laurel hosts Aliquippa at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Greenville 65, Wilmington 24

The Trojans pulled away for a District 10, Region 5-3A/4A road decision over the Greyhounds.

Wilmington (0-6, 0-18) trailed just 10-7 after the first quarter.

However, Greenville (2-4, 9-9) pushed that margin to 34-13 at the half and had built a 55-18 going to the final frame.

Freddy Zehetner led the Greyhounds with six points, while Wesley Vass-Gal, Will Bruckner and Caleb Rossi registered five apiece.

Noah Philson paced Greenville with 18 points.

Wilmington visits Slippery Rock at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.